Has anyone been able to create a POI for the new Grand Canyon Skywalk attraction?
N35 46.886 W114 07.713
I believe that's the location for where you catch the shuttle to get to the Skywalk. You can't actually drive to the Skywalk itself...
I was under the impression you could drive to it--once you get in the park, that it was a 14 mile dirt road???
Anyhow, thanks for the coordinates!
Oh, I read that you couldn't. I dunno - haven't been there yet...
I believe that jbauer is correct.
Go to this wiki site, click on the coordinates in the upper right corner, and it will take you to a variety of mapping links.
If you have Google Earth, download that file. It's amazing!!
Grand Canyon Skywalk
$25 option to walk the Bridge on top of minimum $49 tour pkg. Best I can tell you can drive there but they offer a shuttle bus for the last 14 miles.
thx, will try that out this summer
There is a sign at the main visitor center at the SOuth Rim of the Grand Canyon that says the new Skywalk is an approximately 250 mile drive away from that point. As I understand it, (not having been there) it is outside the park, but still overlooking the canyon (The canyon extends way past the park boundary). It is on the south rim. It is closer to Las Vegas than to the Grand Canyon visitor center. And it takes about $75 to get into it, once you have paid the fees to enter the Indian reservation.
to an already fantastic place. It is located well west of the main Grand Canyon Park on an Indian reservation. I visited a number of years ago before the skywalk was built, you could walk right to the edge and lean over (gingerly) NO guardrails. At that time no crowds, no foreign tourists, a considrable drive off the main road culminating in a sand and gravel road to a bus ride to the rim.
I was out to the Grand Canyon in May of this year, and was offered a trip to this site. I refused as soon as I saw the picture of it, and immediately threw up......... Instead, I went on a "canyon tour", and one guy on the tour made a habit of standing at the very edge on each stop (and I immediately threw up)....... Needless to say, I'm not an American Indian......
It's quite an attraction. Felt like I was floating in the clouds. Would recommend that you see it in the evening when the shadows paint the canyon. Not sure what Native American and vomit have to do with each other. The guide had some amazing stories. Well worth the ride and the price.
Majority of high rise structures in the US were built using American Indians, who have no fear of heights. They have an uncanny ability to walk steel thousands of feet in the air (in 20 knot winds) without falling or fear of falling. For we who can't stand to climb a 20 ft extension ladder without fear, it is rather upsetting to watch. See also: http://www.straightdope.com/classics/a3_060.html
Mama, I see what you mean about Wikipedia being your best friend. AND Google Earth.
I was there three years ago and the preparation was underway. We drove there from LV. Last year, my wife and I returned because it just happened to open the week we were in Vegas. Some friends went with us because EVERYONE told them that you cannot drive! BS It is a great trip. Some pointers, though. If going from Vegas - it is about 120 mi. You go through Boulder City and to/through the Dam area. Don't stop except for a few photos, you will run out of time. Follow US 93 to (35d32m3.52Nx114d21m19.7W by google maps)and turn onto AZ25 (Pierce Ferry Rd.) toward Dolan Springs. You will go about 25 mi adn turn rt into the Joshua Tree Forest. Now you have about 15 mi of bone jaring washboard roads, but beautiful senery. This 14 miles takes a while - the first time that I went, this was ruts and washouts, but because of the increased tourist traffic, they scrapped the roadbed , made it wider for the buses, and made it in to the washboard.
You will 'pop-out' onto a paved section for about 8mi on the way to the Hauapi Airport. (NOTE: BE CAREFUL OF YOUR SPEED. YOU ARE NOW ON THE INDIAN RESERVATION UNDER TRIBAL LAW. SPEEDING CAN GET YOU BURNED AT THE STAKE AND THE US GOV'T CAN'T DO A THING ABOUT IT. They are great people, but they do have their own laws and penalties.) This is where you will buy tour tickets and skywalk tickets. You must ride their buses and leave your car there.
If the crowds are there (it is busiest from about 10:30 -1:30 because of the tour buses from Vegas) go to the old western town and eat first. When we were there they had about 3000 people a day going through and were only expecting and prepared for about 300. They have bathrooms at the old western town. They were in HIGH demand. By the time that you enjoy eating and watching the gunfights and such, the crowds at the Eagle Point (where Skywalk is) and Guano Point will have thinned out and you will have a much better time.
Maybe I should have said this up front, but stop in Bolder City and be certain that your tank is filled up and get a gallon of water to take along. There ain't NO shopping centers where you're going.
You, of course, can fly or take a tour bus, but you won't have the pleasure of being able to talk to some of the guides and other natives out there if you are being herded onto some bus. We generally stayed until 3:30-4:00 and most everyone else had left. We learned a lot about their tribe and their lives and such. Can't get that out of a book!!
Hope you enjoy your trip!!!
Well with the addition of the new Sears Tower observation booth we could do a High Vantage point POI.
The link for more information, driving directions, and reservations has recently changed to www.grandcanyonwest.com
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